Hi. Can anybody comment on the sonic differences of these two players ? I´ve just scaled down my system from GNSC modded Wadia 581 going directly into a modded Ayre V-1xe and I´m now in the market for either C-5xe or D-1xe to be used with an Ayon Spark tube integrated and all Shunyata Research cabelling.
Furthermore I´ve learned that Ayre is cutting off their european distribution net work - is the company going to close ?
02-12-07: Mattkimb96 Can't lose with either one! I have had both for some time but am sticking with the D-1xe as I have a HT setup and simply can't keep the C-5xe for SACD playback only. On Redbook the two are very very close. Friends that come by and here both are pretty much split 50-50 in preference. In my listening area the D-1xe does seem to exhude slightly (very slightly) more detail. The dac difference between the two players may have as much to do with their subtle sounding Redbook differences as anything. I do find that on the majority of the Concert DVD's that I watch with the D-1xe, I am not going through the surround sound processor but listening to the PCM stero mix through the pre-amp! At used pricing I am not sure there is anything else out there in this price arena, ($4,500 - $5,000) that will significantly outperform either of these players. Mattkimb96 (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)